I haven’t heard of the Starry line from X Vapes, but there are a few models in the Starry line. This model, the Starry XMAX is a powerful, little machine. It features an internal 2220 mAh battery that will guarantee at least an hour-long vape session without heavy use.
The device is compact and can be nominally concealed by a closed fist, but not entirely. There is a turnable mouthpiece that comes installed on the device, and there aren’t many other add-ons to the XMAX.
Like a lot of new dry herb vaporizers out today, the Starry XMAX features an LED display screen that allows you to increase or decrease your temperature incrementally. There is only one power button and two selector buttons on the entire unit.
Both the top and the bottom of the XMAX can be removed. Removing the top portion of the XMAX reveals the oval-shaped ceramic zirconia loading chamber that is a bit small for my taste, while it is useful in preserving your material.
What’s In the Box
Inside the XMAX package, you will find the following:
- Starry XMAX vaporizer
- One 18650 battery
- Cleaning kit (brushes, tweezers, packing tools)
- USB charging cable
- User’s manual
- Replacement screens
Looking at the Starry XMAX, you notice a well-crafted and solid build. And picking it up confirms those initial assumptions. The case is made of anodized aluminum, so it’s durable and lightweight.
A lot of the removable pieces on the XMAX are kept in place with magnets, so you don’t have to worry about any loose pieces coming off the device or losing anything. The LED display is on the side of the machine and has an easy-to-use interface that doesn’t present too much confusion.
Some things you pick up by looking at the device but some of the more conspicuous features of the XMAX include the types of materials that went into building it. The chamber, for example, is made of ceramic zirconia, the body, as I mentioned is made from aluminum.
The vapor pathway is also coated with ceramic zirconia, meaning it keeps a clean, pure pathway for your vapor. The rotating mouthpiece was a feature I appreciated since longer, extended mouthpieces allow for a brief, cool-down period for your vapor.
Loading the Starry XMAX
The mouthpiece of the Starry XMAX can be removed easily to reveal the loading chamber underneath. The chamber can, I reckon, take a little less than half a gram of material so, it is a small chamber for the likes of a portable device.
The conduction heating of the machine will give you a good, all-around vape so you’ll want to put enough material to ensure the device heats but doesn’t combust your goods. You fill the chamber to your liking and then snap the magnetic mouthpiece back on top of the chamber.
The mouthpiece is also made of ceramic and should ensure a quality inhalation of pure, clean vapor. There’s even a small screen underneath the mouthpiece for extra filtration.
Using the Starry XMAX
After you’ve loaded up the chamber, and replaced the mouthpiece, you turn the device on by clicking the power button three times. You can start immediately adjusting the temperature to your ideal level with the two up or down buttons located next to the display.
The display also lets you know the level of the battery, so you can prepare or charge a spare in advance. The temperature range on the XMAX, from 212 F to 464 F, is great and allows for a fully customizable vaping experience since you can increase or decrease the temperature by individual increments.
With the quality of materials (ceramic mouthpiece and oven), adjustable temperature controls, and a powerful battery, you come to expect that these three elements will result in great flavor and a large amount of vapor. And with the Starry XMAX, those features work well together.
After a wait time of close to forty seconds, the XMAX was ready to use. I swung out the mouthpiece to its farthest position and took a hit. The draw was almost effortless, and the cloud production was exceptional.
Going higher on the temperature change resulted in less flavor but more cloud production, apparently, so the ceramic pieces and material didn’t exactly provide for the cleanest, purest vapor.
The high temperature did cause a little combustion after I took out my material and checked to see if it had been evenly cooked. I did see some charred bits, but overall I think playing with the temperature settings to your liking would result in a decent vaping experience.
How it Compares
I thought about the Boundless CPV when looking for similar devices to compare with the XMAX. The Boundless CPV also had a ceramic oven with a combination conduction/convection heating system and a rotating, extended mouthpiece.
For both the XMAX and the CPV, overheating was a significant issue. Despite the “temperature control” the higher I went on either device, the more my herb got flambeed inside the device, resulting in poorer vapor quality and flavor.
While I could “feel” the heat coming off of the CPV, it didn’t get transferred into the vapor, which is what the XMAX suffers with. The char test, to see if indeed any herb did get combusted, revealed no charring in the CPV, while I did find some ashes in my XMAX.
So, when it comes to producing quality vapor, I have to give it the CPV for its measured use of heating and temperature control.
Pros of the Vape
The XMAX is a powerful device, as I mentioned up top. It heats up somewhat quickly, which is a feature of the 2200 mAh battery. But fast heat-up time can lead to overheating, despite the temperature control feature.
The XMAX is an extremely durable, portable and discreet device. It disappeared easily into my hand, while the parts and quality design of the device allow it to be used practically everywhere you go, especially if you play around the with the position of the mouthpiece, you can make it, so no one knows what you are doing.
At only $130, the Starry XMAX is still able to deliver a high-quality vape with incremental temperature control and a portable device.
Cons of the Vape
A device that gets too hot to hold is a dealbreaker for me. I mean, if you can’t even touch the thing then what is the point? The XMAX did not have those problems at the lower temperature, but overheating was noticeable from both a tactile and taste standpoint at the higher temperatures.
The Miva had similar kinds of problems, and while the body was warm but not scalding, a simple addition of a glass mouthpiece solved the hot vapor problem.
In the End
Finishing up this review of the Starry XMAX I feel that the device has not yet reached its full potential. And that’s not just something that my grade-school teachers wrote about me in my report cards. I think that with a bit of tweaking, with materials or build or design, the XMAX could become an exceptional mid-range, easy-to-use vaporizer for both the old and new guard.
I give the Starry XMAX a better-luck-next-time of 7/10.